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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Aug 17, 2008 3:23am
Forum: movies Subject: I know this is gonna sound like a sick and perverted question, but...

Is there any chance, that as we sit at our computer, many important infomercials and local TV programs are being erased by the production companies? I know that CBS/NBC/ABC tend to keep everything these days but with smaller companies..well I'm not sure. Personally, I think that even cheap local game shows are worth preserving, indeed anybody who has watched the episode of "Sense and Nonsense" on IA will tell you that you that, although "Sense and Nonsense" is a low-budget 50's game show that aired on a station (WABD) that nobody watched, it's absolutely charming 50 years later.

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Poster: Greg K Date: Aug 17, 2008 9:09pm
Forum: movies Subject: I actually agree with you on this one (believe it or not)

ALL such programming....either game shows OR local programming.....SHOULD be preserved, otherwise it's just a part of television/media history that will disappear forever. There's actually been programs which HAVE been erased from history because either the networks or local channels HAVE literally erased the original videotape example is The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (remember than one with Billy Van and Vincent Price?). Episodes of that have only survived (the masters were reportedly erased years ago by the station which produced the series) through second generation tapes sent out to stations for syndication, or because some devout fans managed to record the episodes when some Canadian channel re-ran it back in the late 80's or early 90's......but this is a prime example of a cult series for which the original video masters are gone forever.

Another example are several episodes of the original Dark Shadows (1966-1971).....there are several episodes for which the master tapes have been misplaced, lost, or perhaps erroneously erased (back then, who thought of actually saving these things?).....but fortunately, producer Dan Curtis personally had the entire series as 16mm black-and-white kinescopes, so the video/DVD releases were sequentially complete since the "missing" episodes could be replaced. No doubt there are many other shows in this same condition.

This post was modified by Greg K on 2008-08-18 04:09:11

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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Aug 17, 2008 9:30pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: I actually agree with you on this one (believe it or not)

Thanks. I recently read that the Ten Network, a major TV network where I live, still erases the mastertapes of some programming. I know they are not exactly DuMont or even a "good" network, But their programming is still historically facinating over time. I actually tape low-budget programming on VHS tapes, since it's obvious that a lot of stuff probably is still being erased.

EDIT: I'm taping BBC world as of writing. The BBC say on their website that they don't keep most "strip programming", and various other types of programming.

This post was modified by Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid on 2008-08-18 04:30:20